Monocle 24 Visit Richard Neutra's Residences in Los Angeles

04:30 - 22 July, 2015
Monocle 24 Visit Richard Neutra's Residences in Los Angeles, Courtesy of Monocle
Courtesy of Monocle

In the latest episode of Section D, Monocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, the team visit Richard Neutra's iconic modernist Neutra VDL Studio residential complex and Residences in Los Angeles. Though Modernism has often been criticised for imposing universal rules on people and areas, it was Neutra's intense client focus that won him acclaim.

2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design

16:00 - 27 June, 2015
2015 Los Angeles Architectural Awards Honor Drought-Conscious Design, Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering
Hollyhock House. Image Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering

The Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) has announced the winners of its 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, putting an emphasis on drought-conscious designs in light of California’s ongoing drought. The competition sought to find projects that “successfully married environmental sustainability with aesthetic sensibility while contributing to the fabric of their communities.”

Over three dozen designs were awarded, with the Grand Prize given to the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering for their restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1919 Hollyhock House. Learn more about the rest of the winners, after the break.

Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles Affordable Housing Prototypes. Image Courtesy of Lehrer Architects LA Ocean Avenue South. Image Courtesy of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners LTD Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Interpretive Center. Image © Paul Turang Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Image Courtesy of Levin & Associates Architecture +45

MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project

12:33 - 19 June, 2015
MAD Architects Unveil Their First US Residential Project, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

MAD Architects has unveiled what will be their first US residential project, 8600 Wilshire. Planned to be built in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the 18-unit "hillside village" will be perched atop commercial space and united by a water-efficient "living wall" that was inspired by the local flora.

As MAD says, the project "demonstrates founder Ma Yansong’s core design philosophy: to coalesce nature and community into a living environment among high-density cities." It is expected to break ground this October, and complete in 2016. 

Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects

17:00 - 30 May, 2015
Big & Small House / Anonymous Architects, Courtesy of Anonymous Architects
Courtesy of Anonymous Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Anonymous Architects

Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects Courtesy of Anonymous Architects +28

Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture

14:00 - 20 May, 2015
Zig-Zag House / Dan Brunn Architecture, © Brandon Shigeta
© Brandon Shigeta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Venice, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Design Team

    Dan Brunn, AIA, Principal - Samantha Ballard, Designer- John Ferri, AIA, Project Architect
  • Area

    450.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta © Brandon Shigeta +24

Vincent Laforet Photographs Los Angeles from 10,000 Feet

15:15 - 28 April, 2015
Vincent Laforet Photographs Los Angeles from 10,000 Feet, © Vincent Laforet
© Vincent Laforet

The latest in his high-altitude "AIR" series, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has captured the sprawling city of Los Angeles at night from a dizzying 10,000 feet. First starting this "dream project" in his hometown of New York then Las Vegas and San Francisco, AIR is taking Laforet worldwide with upcoming visits planned for London, Paris, Tokyo and more. 

Preview a stunning selection of Laforet's Los Angeles series, after the break. 

© Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet +6

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”

12:10 - 10 March, 2015
Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip”, AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

An overlooked strip mall at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards will soon be replaced by a mixed-use, walkable community designed by Frank Gehry. Known to be the “gateway to the Sunset Strip,” the West Hollywood site will be comprised of 249 apartments, restaurants, retail storefronts and a central plaza - all within "an environmentally sensitive building that complements and contributes to the historic architecture in the neighborhood.”

“Frank Gehry’s deep understanding of the property, its history and the context will elevate the project to the iconic and timeless status that it deserves,” said Townscape partner and project developer Tyler Siegel.

A Preview of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Broad Museum, Courtesy of Instagram

01:00 - 16 February, 2015

Here's The Broad 3rd floor gallery space before the art walls are installed #broad2015 #huftonandcrow @thebroadmuseum

A photo posted by ©Hufton+Crow (@huftonandcrow) on

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Los Angeles' Broad Museum is due to open September 20th. However, in an attempt to ease the tensions surrounding the building's many delays and legal problems, this past weekend members of the press and a small number of ticketed members of the public where invited to view the unfinished building, offering a preview of the long-awaited addition to LA's Grand Avenue museum scene.

As LA Times Critic Christopher Hawthorn reports, the previews were initiated by Elizabeth Diller herself, with the architect meeting giving reporters a tour of the space on Friday. On Sunday 3,000 members of the public were allowed to enter, after tickets for the event sold out after just 30 minutes. Now that the previews are over, the Broad will remain off limits until its official opening later this year and the rest of us will have to make do with the many Instagram and Twitter shots from those lucky enough to attend - after the break, we've collected 12 of the best.

Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75

00:00 - 10 February, 2015
Jon Jerde, California Architect Known for Reinventing the Shopping Center, Dies at 75, Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre
Universal CityWalk. Image © Casey Sayre

Jon Jerde, FAIA, founder of The Jerde Partnership, has died at 75. The California-based American architect has left his mark in more than 100 urban places worldwide, many of which embody Jerde’s signature ideas of the multi-level mall. Placing high priority on outdoor walking and gathering areas, Jerde’s reimagining of the shopping mall experience in the 1970s put him on the map. "He blew open the shopping mall and transformed it into a lively urban environment which attracts people, lots of people," Richard Weinstein, the former dean of UCLA's school architecture and urban planning, once said.

Morris House / Martin Fenlon Architecture

01:00 - 1 February, 2015
Morris House / Martin Fenlon Architecture, © Eric Staudenmaier
© Eric Staudenmaier

© Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier © Eric Staudenmaier +13

Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought

00:00 - 23 January, 2015
Redesigning Los Angeles For Long-Term Drought, Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon
Los Angeles River (2013). Image © Flickr CC User Steve Lyon

With many of the world’s cities combating drought, it is apparent that channeling water away from populated areas with no intended use is not sustainable. Cities are depending on their “precious rain water” more than ever and, as Arid Lands Institute co-founder Hadley Arnold says, "the ace in our species pocket is the ability to innovate.” We need to “build cities like sponges,” starting with permeable hardscape, drought-tolerant landscaping and smarter plumbing. See what NPR has to say about issue of water treatment and Los Angeles, here.  

George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum

00:00 - 20 January, 2015
George Lucas May Reconsider Los Angeles as Potential Home of Self-Titled Museum, Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts

Concerns regarding the environmental sensitivity of George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has caused the project to halt, and may even prevent it from being realized. According to a suit filed against the museum by the Friends of the Parks, environmentalists believe that the “mountainous” lakefront proposal, designed by MAD Architects, will disrupt the site’s ecosystem. 

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lucas’ hasn’t given up on Chicago yet. However, considering that Lucas wants to see the museum built within his lifetime, the 70-year-old Star Wars director is starting to reconsider a University of Southern California (USC) campus site in Los Angeles. 

Walnut Residence / Modal Design

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Walnut Residence / Modal Design, © Benny Chan for Fotoworks
© Benny Chan for Fotoworks

© Benny Chan for Fotoworks © Benny Chan for Fotoworks © Benny Chan for Fotoworks © Benny Chan for Fotoworks +21

California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail, Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA
Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project. 

Adaptable Sneaker Boutique / UP

01:00 - 6 January, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Concept, Architecture, Design & Motion Graphics

    UP
  • Area

    1860.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener © Carlton Beener +13

The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”

00:00 - 2 January, 2015
The Broad Reveals Its Honeycomb “Veil”, © Gary Leonard
© Gary Leonard

The final exterior scaffolding has been removed from Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “The Broad” in downtown Los Angeles, revealing its distinctive honeycomb-like “veil.” Comprised of 2,500 fiberglass reinforced concrete panels and 650 tons of steel, the structural exoskeleton “drapes” over the building’s interior “vault,” lifting at its south and north corners to provide two street-level entrances. At its side, the veil is torn by a central “oculus” that provides a direct visual connection between the museum and Grand Avenue. 

“The Broad will be porous and absorptive, channeling light into its public spaces and galleries. The veil will play a role in the urbanization of Grand Avenue by activating two-way views that connect the museum and the street,” described Liz Diller.

Artist Uses Gehry's Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series

00:00 - 20 December, 2014

The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA Philharmonic’s in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik Anadol in an audio-visual rendition of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. Using audio analysis and Kinect motion capture software to record Salonen’s movements while conducting, Anadol has created a stunning set of moving images that capture the very spirit of Varèse’s work. Learn more about this fascinating project, after the break.

Ehrlich Architects Win 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award

00:00 - 11 December, 2014
Ehrlich Architects Win 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication / Ehrlich Architects © Bill Timmerman
Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication / Ehrlich Architects © Bill Timmerman

Ehrlich Architects, a Los Angeles-based practice dedicated to the philosophy of Multicultural Modernism, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The award celebrates Ehrlich Architects' 35 years of practice, which, as the AIA notes, has become renowned for “fluidly melding classic California Modernist style with multicultural and vernacular design elements by including marginalized design languages and traditions.”

The firm, originally founded by Steven Ehrlich in 1979 after working with the Peace Corps in Africa, is now led by four diverse partners: Ehrlich, alongside Takashi Yanai, Patricia Rhee, and Mathew Chaney. You can preview some of their most notable projects and watch an interview with Ehrlich, after the break.